Aloe Vera Benefits for Health and Beauty
What is Aloe Vera?
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that grows wild in tropical climates and it’s water-dense leaves, combined with special plant compounds called complex carbohydrates, make it an effective face moisturizer and pain reliever.
Aloe Vera is also know as Chinese Aloe, Indian Aloe, True Aloe, Barbados Aloe, Burn Aloe, First Aid Plant and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses.
Aloe Vera has been used therapeutically for many centuries in China, Japan, India, Greece, Egypt, Mexico, and Japan and is also used widely in cosmetics, beauty products and in the traditional herbal medicine of many countries.
Aloe Vera Benefits:
It's nutrient rich - The gel from Aloe Vera leaves contains most of the bioactive compounds in the plant, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. It conatins over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.
It has antioxidant and antibacterial properties - Aloe vera gel includes polyphenol antioxidants along with several other compounds that can help inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
It accelerates the healing of burns - Aloe Vera has long been known as a treatment for sores, particularly burns, including sunburns and studies shows that it is an effective topical treatment for first- and second-degree burns.
Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.
It fights aging - As we age the skin starts to lose its elasticity and firmness as well as getting an increase in wrinkles and fine lines. Aloe leaves are rich in antioxidants including beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
Studies show that topical application of Aloe Vera gel increased collagen production and improved skin elasticity.
It softens the skin and acts as a moisturizer - Aloe is a moisturizer and an emollient that softens and soothes the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.
Aloe Vera moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel, it works great for all skin types as well as making it a perfect match for anyone with an oily skin complexion.
Aloe Vera work wonders when used as a moisturizer prior to the application of make-up due to its moisturizing and emollients properties that prevents the skin from drying.
Aloe Vera gel works perfect as an aftershave treatment due to its healing properties that help treat small cuts caused by shaving.
It treats acne - Aloe vera gel contains two hormones: Auxin and Gibberellins. These two hormones provide wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. Giberellin in aloe vera acts as a growth hormone stimulating the growth of new cells. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.
Reduces dental plaque - Aloe Vera juice can be used as a mouth wash reducing dental plaque as it kills plaque producing bacteria and yeast. Studies shows that its just as effective as chlorhexidine for reducing plaque and improving tooth and gum health.
Helps treat mouth ulcers, or canker sores - Studies have convincingly shown that Aloe vera treatment can accelerate the healing of mouth ulcers. Aloe vera gel not only accelerates the healing of mouth ulcers, it also reduced the pain associated with them
Other Possible Benefits:
- It lessens the visibility of stretch marks - Sudden and excessive stretching of the skin caused by for instance pregnancy, rapid weight gain or loss can cause stretch marks which are minor tears in the layers of the skin. Aloe vera gel can help hide these stretch marks by healing these wounds.
- It can help reduce erythema Studies have shown that Aloe vera can help in reducing erythema (redness of the skin)
- Reduces constipation - Aloe Vera latex is a sticky yellow residue found just under the skin of the leaf that has strong laxative effects, making it useful to treat constipation.
- Lowers blood sugar levels in diabetics - Aloe vera extract can help enhance insulin sensitivity and help improve blood sugar management.
- Helps in Detoxification - Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like seaweeds and chia. The main benefit to consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This will help the proper elimination of waste from your body and help the detoxification of your body.
- Reducing stress - Aloe Vera is a well-known adaptogen that stimulates the defense and adaptive mechanisms of the body, boosting your body's natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness.
Risks, side effects and considerations
External use of topical Aloe vera is likely to be safe. If you choose to use it, do an allergy test (apply a small circle on the skin and wait 24 hours) before using it more widely on your body.
Discuss with your doctor before using Aloe Vera for internal usage, ingesting Aloe Vera supplements in the long term can be hazardous to your health.
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